CNN Senior White House Correspondent
House Democratic leaders are planning to remove from the economic stimulus plan a much-lampooned $200 million provision that would have provided contraceptives to low-income families, according to a senior administration official and a Democratic official on Capitol Hill.
The officials said the move is aimed at trying to win bipartisan support for the bill amid Republican charges that is full of wasteful provisions that will not stimulate the economy.
The provision also would have allowed states to no longer seek permission from the federal government to provide family planning services for Medicaid recipients.
The contraceptive provision was initially included because studies have suggested that subsidizing contraceptives would directly reduce the poverty rate by reducing the number of children born out of wedlock.
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